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Overview — Teaching Well with Technology

Teaching with technology is rapidly becoming an increasingly important element in higher education. Instructional technology can be a great benefit to both instructors and students through convenient communication, access to learning materials online, and more.

It is possible to use technology to apply the seven principles of good practice in undergraduate education:

  1. Encourage faculty-student contact.
  2. Encourage student-student cooperation.
  3. Promote active learning.
  4. Give prompt feedback.
  5. Emphasize time on task & reduce wasted time.
  6. Communicate higher expectations.
  7. Support diverse student talents & ways of learning.

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is a group within the Division of Undergraduate Education that offers a wide-variety of pedagogical resources. DTEI services include workshops and consultations for faculty and graduate students, instructional technology, and classroom support.

Mission statement from the DTEI website:

The DTEI's mission is to improve the quality of teaching and learning through pedagogical development for faculty and teaching assistants; to promote the use of innovative teaching techniques, including the use of instructional technology; and to foster campuswide conversation about enhancing student learning through innovative teaching.

Use Evaluations to...

Encourage faculty-student contact

Research has shown that communication between faculty and students is an important factor in a student's motivation and involvement in the course.

Using evaluations to enhance faculty-student contact:

  • Collect constructive feedback from your students
  • Read student comments carefully and pay attention to their responses to learn what teaching methods are or are not effective
  • Send a copy of your midterm evaluation results to the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation and schedule a consultation to get help from a pedagogical expert interpretting, understanding, and reacting to your students' feedback.

Encourage student-student cooperation

An important aspect of learning is team-work and group cooperation. Working together in teams to solve a problem or complete an assignment promotes the discussion of ideas and opinions among peers.

Using evaluations to enhance student-student cooperation:

  • Encourage students to think about evaluations ahead of time, giving them time to discuss the class and materials with each other

Promote active learning

Creating assignments that require students to apply real world knowledge and events, involve discussion, and critical thinking about past experiences all contribute to increasing active learning.

Using evaluations to enhance active learning:

  • Ask your students to think carefully about their open-ended evaluation responses and provide detailed descriptions rather than broad generalizations.

Give prompt feedback

Throughout the quarter, it is important to respond to student inquiries and requests as soon as possible, including the grading of assignments. Doing so makes a large difference in the motivation and involvement of students.

Using evaluations to enhance prompt feedback:

  • Monitor progress on an evaluation while the window is open.
  • Extend an evaluations period to give students additional time to complete an evaluations.
  • Talk to your class about your midterm evaluation results and tell your students how their responses will impact your teaching — if your student's responses persuaded you to change your teaching methods, tell them! Your students will know that you value their input and they will be encouraged to continue providing constructive feedback.

Emphasize time on task & reduce wasted time

Encouraging student use of technology to reduce wasted time will help to increase the quality of work and time spent completing tasks.

Using evaluations to enhance time on task and reduce wasted time:

  • Allow students to complete an evaluation from home on their own time — this saves class time and often generates more in-depth comments than in-class evaluations.

Communicate higher expectations

Ensure students are aware of what is expected of them and the work they submit.

Using evaluations to communicate higher expectations:

  • Emphasize that students have an obligation to complete their evaluations and that doing so will have an impact on the quality of teaching here at UCI.
  • Remind your students of evaluations frequently.

Support diverse student talents & ways of learning

Students learn differently and should be given the opportunity to express their unique talents and strengths throughout the course in various ways.

Using evaluations to support diverse talents and ways of learning:

  • Review comments from students and incorporate various teaching methods in order to meet specific needs.